Voters residing in the Travis School District boundaries have an opportunity to make a difference this coming Election Day. Voters can change the face of Travis’ elected school board – a board which has, over the past four years, failed students, teachers and the community.
Candidates Riitta De Anda and John Dickerson offer the best hope of positive change for Travis schools, schools which have been beset by problems for the past five years.
The community hears often of the Travis School District’s successes but is rarely informed of its failures. The public should know that class sizes in Travis are still at unprecedented and unreasonably high numbers. The public should know that students in Travis are still losing instructional time when all other surrounding districts have restored furlough days. The public should know that the current school board refused to take the same 4 percent pay cut that it demanded of all other employees. The public should know that the total cost of this election will be taken from the district’s general fund because the board failed to move to even-year elections.
Candidates De Anda and Dickerson have pledged to usher in a new era of cooperation for all Travis stakeholders. They have pledged to focus resources on the classroom rather than on hiring more district-level staff. They are committed to returning class sizes to reasonable levels. Riitta DeAnda and John Dickerson have the support of Travis teachers, parents and working families.
Be part of a positive change in Travis by casting your vote for De Anda and Dickerson by mail or at the polls Nov. 5
Theodore R. Bynum Jr.